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Old 02-20-2013   #21
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Look to the smaller companies!

I thought I'd chime in and second the RMU apostle that was said earlier. A good choice could also be their CRM in a 185 or 195 as it has a loosish tail (not early rise) that will inspire confidence, but an early rise tip that makes it super fun. Especially being tall, in my opinion, early rise can really hinder skiing for a lot of people.
Icelantic is a great company as well. Praxis has some great skis and is probably the most affordable, but they are pressed in Cali. Demo days are super nice, and I'm sure that all but praxis will do some sort of demo days in the future around your area. Have fun trying out all the boards!

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Old 02-20-2013   #22
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Originally Posted by Clark View Post
All the comments on going wider / fatter are spot on. Big skis are not just for powder anymore; they carve super well on groomers, pound crud, etc. I'd say 100 underfoot at the very least, but personally, I'd recommend getting up to 110 or more. The equipment has evolved; take advantage.
I agree with this. I'm 6'4" 225-ish. 100mm under foot at a minimum. May sound silly now, but if you're serious into skiing 2 years from now.... you won't regret it.

Small brand recommendations - Line, Icelantic, and 4Frnt
Bigger brands - Volkl and Salomon

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